Black Rocks - Peak District Walk

Wednesday 4th January 2006

Today's walk was closer to home as I decided to walk to Black Rocks a local 'attraction' I'd never been to in the 10 years I had lived in Derbyshire. I also took the opportunity to take in a previously unvisited section of the High Peak Trail. The mist meant there were no great views and I never seemed to get away from civilisation but nevertheless it was nice to be out.

Start: Car park at Carsington Water (SK 2480 5275)

Route: Carsington Water - Carsington - Hopton - Wirksworth - Bolehill (TP) - Black Rocks - High Peak Trail (Middleton Top) - Carsington Pasture - Carsington - Carsington Water

Distance: 8.5 miles     Ascent: 465 metres      Time Taken: 4 hrs 30 mins

Weather: Dull, overcast and at times misty.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

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Carsington disappears

Carsington Water is just visible in the distance as the mist starts to descend.


Over the brow of the hill and Wirksworth comes into view. The television mast in the
 distant left of the picture shows where Black Rocks is.

View from Black Rocks' trig

Carsington Water is barely visible in the distance from Black Rocks' trig
 point as the mist blows across the valley below.

Black Rocks' trig point

Looking back up the path to Black Rocks' trig point.

Black Rocks

Black Rocks

National Stone Centre

The National Stone Centre from the High Peak Trail.

High Peak Trail

A wintry view of the High Peak Trail.

Carsington Water

The sun finally breaks through the clouds as Carsington Water comes into view again.

King's Chair

The rocks known as King's Chair at Carsington Pastures.

King's Chair

King's Chair is the speck on the horizon, from the car park.

Art at the car park

One of several pieces of art that can be seen at Carsington Water.


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